Tapovan Meru Base Camp
Region : Uttarkashi district - Uttarakhand
Duration : 8 Days
Level : Moderate to Difficult
Trekking distance :(Approx): 46 Kms
Max Altitude : 4463 Meters
Pickup Point : Rishikesh
Drop Point : Rishikesh
Best Season : May - June & Aug - Oct
Meru Peak is a mountain that lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It resides between Thalay Sagar and Shivling and has some highly challenging routes. There are two theories explaining how the name "Meru" came about. In Hinduism Mount Meru is considered to be the Centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. In addition to that, some believe that Meru Peak was named after this sacred mountain. On the other hand, others explain that the name "Meru" originated from Sanskrit word for spine, attributing to the shape of the mountain.
Nevertheless, the mountain has three peaks: southern the highest - 6,660 m (21,850 ft), central - 6,310 m (20,700 ft), and northern - 6,450 m (21,160 ft). The two higher peaks were climbed earlier than the more challenging central peak, which was first climbed in 2001 by Valery Babanov. Despite the fact that the central peak is the lowest of the three, it is the most famous as it has one of the most complicated routes in the world - the Shark's Fin. Therefore, Meru Peak is mainly associated with the central peak of the mountain
Trek This high altitude trek along the holy river Bhagirathi takes you right up to the source of the sacred river Ganges, spiritual heart of India amid awesome mountains. This is the most popular trek in Gangotri region which traverses through Gangotri, Kirti and Chaturangi glacier to reach the famous mountain lake of Vasukital and the spectacular alpine meadows of Tapovan, and Nandanvan . From Gangotri the trail move along the beaten track through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa . Gaumukh, is the base of theis famous route which traverses along the Gangotri glacier and Chatturangini glacier to reach Tapovan & Nandanvan. Tapovan, the meditating ground, is the base of Mount Shivling & Meru group . Herds of Bharal (Blue mountain goats) are a common sight here on the mountain ridges. On the other side Nandanvan, the base of Bhagirathi group is also famous for its prominent views of Mount Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Kharchakund , Kedar dome and many others Himalayan giants
Tapovan's basic meaning is through penance or spiritual practice in the forests. The way to reach Tapovan ahead of Gaumukh is full of difficult conditions and it is considered as a challenging way for the trekkers to come here. Filled with grasslands, small mountainous streams, rare wild animals such as Blue Sheep and wild flowers. The area of Tapovan is the base camp for several mountaineering expeditions, in which Shivling peak and Bhagirathi peak expedition are prominent. Its grasslands are considered as the best high-altitude grassland in India.